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‘One Dark, Two Light’
by Ruth Mancini
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As we approach October 31st and Halloween, the innovative team at Head of Zeus, have gathered together three of their spookiest, scariest stories due for release early in 2020, and are sharing advance cover releases, one each day on 28th, 29th and 30th October.

First up we have a great new crime thriller, One Dark, Two Light, by one of the genre’s most compelling authors, Ruth Mancini.

If you like the sound of this book, you can pre-order from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com, for release on March 5th 2020


Cover image of the book 'One dark, Two Light' by author Ruth ManciniNew Year’s Eve, London.

Outside the Hope & Glory pub, a man has been left to die. A victim of extraordinary violence, he will never walk or speak again. He remains in hospital for months, until criminal defence lawyer Sarah Kellerman walks onto his ward.

Sarah barely recognises the man she once worked with – he was honourable and kind – what was he involved in? Who wanted him dead?

But in her race to uncover the truth, Sarah comes to realise there are two men in her life that she never really knew at all…

From one of crime fiction’s most compelling voices, One Dark, Two Light  is where the personal and criminal collide, as Sarah reaches into the darkest corners to bring dark secrets into the light.


Image of author Ruth ManciniRuth Mancini was born in South-West London and started her career as a marketing executive for a publisher before undertaking a post-graduate diploma in law and retraining as a solicitor.

She has spent the past twenty years in and out of courts and police stations, representing those accused of crimes and still practises as a lawyer for a large criminal law firm with offices in London, conducting advocacy in the courts and defending people arrested at the police station.

She also reviews the trial files across the firm and juggles her legal work with writing crime and psychological fiction.

Ruth has lived in London, Hertfordshire and Essex and also on the beautiful Gower in South Wales. She now lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two children.

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • This sounds like an interesting plot, yet without having read the book, I can’t really say if I think the cover fits it or not. It feels a bit generic looking, but it’s certainly not unappealing.

    I look forward to the next two posts!

    • Hi Kelly,

      The cover does embrace the title of the book, in that the figure is walking out of the dark and into the light (or at least the light as he sees it!). It also plays well to the tag line of the book cover and the premise.

      “The darkest secrets are often right under the light”

      Having checked out Ruth’s previous books, I have decided to add her name to my ‘want to read’ author list and I look forward to being involved with any potential upcoming Blog Tour.

      I hope that any further posts arouse your interest further and thank you for stopping by today 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      You know how much I enjoy a good thriller, and I have a whole shelf load (metaphorically speaking) of great titles in the genre, lined up and ready to go in 2020!

      Happy Halloween reading 🙂

  • “Sarah comes to realise there are two men in her life that she never really knew at all…”
    I’m aways very attracted to this kind of thing in fiction, family secrets or friends people ‘thought’ they knew well, that kind of thing. Always fascinated by this plot device so will look into this when it comes out.

    • Hi Cath,

      I do think the scales are a little unevenly balanced in this style of plot line though, as they almost always portray women as being the ‘duped’ party, and seldom show the male protagonist as someone who has been the subject of such deceit!

      I am liking the sound of the different storylines Ruth has used in her books to date, so I may also back track on a couple when I get the chance.

      Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

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